In recent times, cloud computing provides one common platform to manage, monitor, setup and scale the IT infrastructure and other resources which can be obtained in minutes and on the other hand can save time, cost and ensure extensive availability. Cloud services break these barriers, allowing businesses across the world to adapt technological needs of their business which would have been impossible in earlier times.
Hence, it is very important for the customers to compare the major cloud services providers, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) and deploy the services on this one which fits their business needs.
Google Cloud Platform
Google Cloud Platform, launched in the year 2012, is a collection of cloud computing tools, required by the developers to build and host several web applications. It started with services as Google App Engine and then diversified to include many other tools and services along ways. It evolved further by adding new features and required support that made it a potential contender in the marketplace. Cloud Debugger, Cloud Trace, Hosting, Containers, Load balancing, Cloud Save and many more services have given the customers an opportunity to choose and boost their business at the same time. Google Cloud platform networking tools and services are based on Andromeda, it´s their network virtualization stack, which allows Google to create the end-to-end solution.
Google Cloud has 8 regions and 23 zones, also Google has a strong coverage in the United States, perhaps falls behind in Europe, especially in Asia with almost no coverage at all in South America.
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
In 2006 Amazon Web Services started offering cloud-based IT Infrastructure services to businesses in the form of online services for websites and client-side applications which gave them the opportunity to replace the capital infrastructure expenses along with low variable costs. AWS offers a diverse set of services which includes CloudDrive, Dynamo Database, CloudSearch, Simple Storage Services (S3), ElasticCache and a lot more. AWS offerings are billed as per their usage and their rates vary from service to service. To further promote the robustness of the system and minimize the impact of the outage, AWS is diversified into 13 several geographically AWS regions. These regions have central data centers in the Western USA, Eastern USA, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Europe, etc. Every AWS region comprises of multiple small geographical areas known as Availability Zones. AWS has more data centers around the world.
Google Cloud vs. Amazon Web Services
However, at a quick glance, Google Cloud and AWS might seem quite similar on paper, but there are some critical differentiating points among them which completely make their choice uncertain and requirement based.
GCP offers cloud services at a more efficient cost structure. As compared to AWS pay per hour model, GCP offers a pay per minute model, at a 10-minute minimum charge. For Instance, using services for 2.10 hours, GPC charges you for only 2.10 hours whereas AWS charges for 3 hours, GPC also charges less for the Storage cost. For example, a 2 CPUs/8GB RAM instance will cost $69/month with AWS, compared to only $52/month with GCP (25% cheaper). Further, prices could be compared using AWS Cost Calculator and the GCP Cost Calculator. Read here how to minimize AWS traffic costs.
Instances Setup and Configuration
AWS is a leader when it comes to large instances. The largest GCP instance is 64 CPUs/416 GB RAM, whereas AWS offers instances with 128 CPUs and a whopping 2TB of RAM.
User Adoption and Friendliness
AWS is a market leader when it comes to user adoption with nearly 50 percent of the IaaS market. AWS offers more cloud options and products compared to GCP which is fairly new in the market. For instance, GCP offers a fully managed MySQL solution in compared to Amazon Cloud Services which offers a range of services like MariaDB, Oracle, Aurora and Microsoft SQL server.
Amazon Web Services offers 1 year of free user trial whereas Google Cloud Services offers a lot more services in return which could be checked on AWS Free Tier, hence, GCP has a long way to go.
Finally, AWS offers a lot more cloud services and products but the selection of the cloud platform completely depends upon the business needs and the specific requirement. However, I would like to recommend GCP for a trial to finally make a decision based on the experience gained.